UGA football notes: Injuries harm Dogs in first half

ATLANTA — Georgia lost two key starters to injury in the first half against Boise State on Saturday night.

Georgia defensive coach Todd Grantham screams to the defensive lineduring the Bulldogs’ loss Saturday.
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Sophomore inside linebacker Alec Ogletree left the game in the second quarter with a right foot injury. Ogletree moved to the position after starting four games at safety as a freshman in 2010 and was expected to be a leading contributor this season.

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The absence left the Bulldogs short on depth, with walk-on senior Jeremy Sulek receiving most of the snaps to fill in. Freshman Amarlo Herrera also saw time at the position.

Sophomore offensive tackle Kenarious Gates was carted off the field in the second quarter after falling awkwardly and injuring his knee at the end of a run play. Redshirt sophomore Dallas Lee was inserted into the rotation, leaving only true freshmen David Andrews and Watts Dantzler and walk-on Hugh Williams as reserves.

RAMBO OUT

After more than a week’s worth of speculation, Georgia safety Bacarri Rambo did not play against the Broncos.

A starter in 2010, Rambo had 82 tackles and three interceptions. But early in fall camp, juniors Shawn Williams and Sanders Commings began taking most of the first-team reps at the position.

That led to rumors about Rambo’s status for the season opener. Some wondered if he had been suspended.

"At the appropriate time, if anybody has anything like that, I’ll let you know," coach Mark Richt said earlier in the week.

A university official said there was no word on why Rambo was held out. Williams and Commings got the start, with walk-on Conner Norman also playing at the position in the first half.

CHANGE OF SCENERY

Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo called plays from the press box against Boise State for the first time since Oct. 10, 2009, against Tennessee.

A 45-19 loss to the Volunteers spurred Bobo to move to the sideline closer to his players and "just look in their eyes and call the play and try to get some belief and some confidence," he said at the time.

The move did not lead to ideal results — the Bulldogs managed only four first downs in the first half.

THIS AND THAT

CB Brandon Boykin’s 80-yard TD run with 8:39 to go in the first quarter was the first score on offense of his career. It also marked the first time a Georgia defensive player scored a TD on offense since CB Branden Smith did against Tennessee Tech in 2009. … Seven true freshmen — Crowell, Herrera, cornerbacks Damian Swann, Nick Marshall and Chris Sanders and receiver Malcolm Mitchell saw playing time. … Backup offensive guard Kolton Houston, a redshirt freshman, was not on the dress list and did not play against Boise State.

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